Juice It and Reuse It

“Eeek, the CSA is coming any minute and I still have some stuff left from the last box!”

Here’s what you do:

Juice It!

Juice up a healthy drink (pictured here with celery, fennel, carrot, lemon, basil, beet). Make sure it’s enough balance of bitter and sweet. (This one was celery-heavy, but I knew the sweet beet would play counterpoint).

Now I just had an epiphany: why not make vegetable stock out of the leftover pulp from the juicer? This stuff:

The Pulp

Well, why not? So I threw it in a pot and covered with water. Brought to a boil, then set to simmer for 1 hour. So we’ve got some time to kill here.

Mind you, I realize this is going to be one red stock because of the beets. That might affect what kind of soup I make with it. I make a lot of soup with CSA box leftovers. My husband complains we have too much soup, but if it were up to him we’d be eating pizza every night. Besides, nothing is better than a good homemade soup. Except for that time I made the accidental lavender-hued batch….

Image 3I digress, let’s get back to the stock. 52 more minutes to go. If this doesn’t work out, I’ll just go back to my favorite bouillon cubes (The Organic Gourmet Vegetable Bouillon low sodium). Easy to store, and certainly faster than boiling down pulp. I get a small box of these at Whole Foods, but you can also buy them in bulk online.

Hey, while we wait, let me gush about my juicer. I love this little guy. It’s the only juicer I’ve ever had – but of course, I did tons of research before I bought it. This is the L’Equip Juicer Mini, which I probably bought about 5 yrs ago. I was once a juicing fiend, but now my juicing days seem to come and go in spurts. This strong, compact R2D2-kinda guy has never let me down.

I also have a favorite juicing book: The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing for Health by Cherie Calbom. Chock full of information about specific health benefits of all the fruits and veggies. And tantalizing recipes, such as The Ginger Hopper, Sweet Calcium Cocktail and Popeye’s Power. It is arranged alphabetically by condition, making it very easy to find a remedy for what ails you. Thanks, Juice Lady!

25 minutes left. Plenty of time to clean up my juicer. This can be a mess and a pain, but I have a couple of tricks to make it easier: such as a small plastic produce bag to line the pulp bucket and a fine-bristled brush designated to clean the mesh blade/basket. These two things save oodles of time.

The stewing chum is finally done! Now I’ll strain out the pulp by putting a colander over a big bowl. ImageYep, that’s some red-tinted stock! Hope it makes my next soup taste delicious. And just in time, here comes the CSA!

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